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July 22, 2017 08:29 PM
In Response to Gender Neutral Names?

Maybe Ashton nicknamed Ash? Hadley nicknamed Hal?

Also, if you're thinking of involving the name Janice in the story, might I recommend the spelling Janis? It's closer to Janus, and it's the namesake of two great female musicians, obviously rock goddess Janis Joplin as well as lesbian singer songwriter Janis Ian, best known for "At Seventeen" (which seems like it might be a good anthem for your character, although note that Mean Girls already had a character named for Janis Ian though)

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July 22, 2017 01:24 PM
In Response to Gender Neutral Names?

Pro tip: Stay away from Tumblr, it's a really toxic community. They claim acceptance of all people but then hunt you down if you dare to question their monolithic ideologies.

I've always thought of Jordan as being the most tomboyish girls' name, but more of a passive-agressive "we didn't want a girl" message to the child from the parents.  Kat has always been my name for an archetypical Tumblrina, it's not gender-neutral but it's pretty hipster. Your character really comes off as a hipster by the way, just to let you know. Hudson I think would be another good choice.

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July 22, 2017 01:08 PM
In Response to Love Like Lose Boys

Love:  Linden, Grant, Morgan (I wish names could truly stay unis3x. Shame this has gone girl, I really hate it on a girl.),

Like: Oak (not a huge fan but I like the nature theme,), Murphy (Sounds like a dog's name and Murphy's Law is an obvious negative, but I can get behind it if it's a family name.), Wade (I'm surprised this isn't being thrown around more, it being Deadpool's real first name, and people can't shut up about that movie.)

Lose: Miles, Flynn & Robert (time to sub)

New List: Linden, Grant, Morgan, Oak, Murphy, Wade, Fabian, Jeff, Hayes

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July 21, 2017 09:53 PM

Keep: Cole Pierce

Switch: Edward Deacon

Change First: Aaron Cornelius

Change Middle: Vincent Calvin

Initials: Ashton Maxwell

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July 21, 2017 09:47 PM
In Response to Love, Like, Lose girls

Love: Veronica (I can't quite put my finger on why Veronica has always been one of my all time favorite names. I know a lot of people really loathe it but I think it's quite beautiful. I think it has a beautiful flow and despite being four syllables long not a mouthful. Maybe because Victoria was supremely popular in my age group I've spent a long time looking for similar alternatives? It's too similar to my sister's name for me to use it myself, which is a shame because I'd really like to some day.) Lila, Mae

Like: Daisy (It's cute but I also know enough dogs with the name that I kind of think of it as a dog's name.), Calliope (embarassingly I pronounced this name Cal-i-ope, rhyming with nope, for many, many years. My mother's go-to awful-girl name (like me and Cecily) was always Callie, so that's also probably tainting me against the name. I do like the mythological background of the name though.), Marisol

Lose: Roma (Just doesn't seem like a name. ), Kathleen (time to sub), Johnna (It's pretty but it will be mistaken for Joanna.)

New List: Veronica, Lila, Mae, Daisy, Calliope, Marisol, Nanette, Tracie, Krystle

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July 21, 2017 12:46 PM
In Response to Love, Like, Lose girls

We've already done Lilian, May, and Caroline, so I'll make them Lila, Mae, and Carla.

Love: Lila (I'm sad this didn't catch on more, it's so pretty. I think it's more of a name than Lily, which while I like it it's pretty is a little too wordy. I could also see this being a cute nickname for Delilah or an alternative if you can't get past Samson and Delilah.), Mae (Always been partial to this spelling because of Mae West), Kathleen

Like: Marisol (Pretty but I don't like that sounds like parasol.), Valeria (I like Valerie a lot better but it's pretty.), Carla (I don't know why but I've always liked Carla. Maybe it just sounds a little fresher than Caroline (absurdly popular in my age group) and Charlotte (absurdly popular now). I think it's a name that could have a comeback once Charlotte gets tossed aside.)

Lose: Ruby & Scarlett (time to sub. Between these and all the Rose based names, we really like red names, don't we?), Zara (It's definitely a bit more energetic than Sara. It's nice but not something I would use myself)

New List: Kathleen, Lila, Mae, Marisol, Valeria, Carla, Daisy, Alix, Johnna

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July 20, 2017 08:08 AM

Keep: Stella Odette

Switch: Miranda Darcy

Change First: Leah Evelyn

Change Middle: Cleo Juliette

Initials: Brooklyn Luanne

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July 19, 2017 01:08 PM

Keep: Delores Mabel

Swtich: Aveline Penelope

Change First: Stella Winifred

Change Middle: Beatrix Lorna

Initials: Evelyn Teresa

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July 19, 2017 09:38 AM

Say: Ooh, pretty! I really like Lilian!

Think: I like it, but I do kinda read this spelling as Lie-li-ann, kind of like as in Delilah, as opposed to Lill-i-ann. It's definitely not my fave spelling.

Next Name: Sierra (g)

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July 19, 2017 06:18 AM
In Response to Love Like Lose Boys

Love: Miles, Flynn, Grant (I like President Grant himself but his administration was super corrupt though)

Like: Tristan (I don't like Christian but I'm pretty good with Tristan. The sad meaning doesn't really bother me, especially because at least in English there's not that many words that use triste in them to mean sadness. It'd be more of a worry in a language that uses something like Tristan for sad.), Linden (I really like the tree connection, I like it being a nature name for boys, but I do worry it's a smidge too close to Linda. That said, it would be a good way to honor a familial Linda.), Robert

Lose: Sebastian (Just too crabby for me), Shad (I like Chad but Shad sounds a little cliched frat guy or surfer), Easton (Like the sports equipment company?)

New list: Miles, Flynn, Grant, Tristan, Linden, Robert, Ramses, Morgan, Anakin

Guys, I'm so out of boys' names...

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July 16, 2017 09:32 AM

We already did Rowan.

Next name: Hannah (g)

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July 15, 2017 08:12 PM
In Response to Love Like Lose Boys

Love: Miles, Flynn, Grant (Already called for in the family and I think it's weird to use a word that we use fairly often in conversation as a name, but I still really like it.)

Like: Robert, Killian (I really don't like Cillian though - my brain refuses to read that without a soft C - "Sillian".), Sebastian (I'm surprised this is so popular, I can't believe everyone doesn't immediately start singing "Under the Sea" every time they see that name!)

Lose: Maxim (Maxim is a nudie magazine!!!), Ambrose (Since it looks like a combo between Amber and Rose it looks kind of girly to me, even though it's a historically male name.) Axel (Too fake looking.)

New List: Miles, Flynn, Grant, Robert, Killian, Sebastian, Thor, Eustace, Linden

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July 15, 2017 07:56 PM

Ugh... Blythe is so ugly... it's like blight, like blight on humanity... why... Back to Anne.

Say: Pretty! Is it a family name!

Think: I'm so freaking sick of Anna so it's good to see Anne back in use. I also applaud them for resisting the urge to use it as a middle, because you can't swing a stick without hitting a girl whose middle name is Ann/Anne.

Next Name: Winston (b)

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July 15, 2017 07:51 PM
In Response to Love, Like, Lose girls

Love: Scarlett (It's too popular and I know a few little Scarletts already, but it's pretty and I love the color scarlet. Don't adore Gone with the Wind but I'd say it's not a negative against the name.), Kathleen (Not something I would use but it's pretty), Tamara (I can get past Titus Andronicus enough to really love this name. I really love the nickname Tammy but I worry people think that's too white-trash.)

Like: Zara (I would love it but the clothing store makes me take it down to just a like. It's very spunky and cool. Not something I would ever use for my own kid but something I could see using for a dog/cat down the line.), Ruby, Lidia

Lose: Frances (time to sub), Nia (I hate it Nee-ah or Nye-ah), Gianna (Trying too hard to be exotic.)

New List: Scarlett, Kathleen, Tamara, Zara, Ruby, Lidia, Marisol, Valeria, Kierra

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July 15, 2017 09:37 AM
In Response to Love, Like, Lose girls

Love: Amber, Lidia (I actually like this spelling way better than Lydia with a Y, which I think might be because of Pride & Prejudice), Frances

Like: Ruby, Natasha, Nia (Seems too incomplete, I don't like three-letter-two-syllable names, and it's too close to one of my all time least favorites Mia. I would have lost it but something else had to go.)

Lose: Una (but for the love of God, don't name your kid Oona, that's not only a name that will get your girl teased as a kid but will probably get snickers even into adulthood.), Paolina (I love Paulina but this is just hideous), Thomasina (kind of a train wreck of a name, there just is no pretty way to make a girl version of Thomas, don't even try)

New List: Amber, Lidia, Frances, Ruby, Natasha, Nia, Deena, Tamara, Sibyl

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July 15, 2017 08:05 AM

Keep: Felix William

Switch: Cameron Silvester

Change First: Victor Quentin

Change Middle: Otis Raymond

Initials: Danny Nicholas

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July 11, 2017 08:23 PM

Say: How interesting! You fans of classical mythology?

Think: It's so pretty, shame about Avatar though. I mean, I can get past the negative mythological connotation but Avatar is a little much on the name.

Next: Skylar (g)

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July 10, 2017 07:42 PM

Keep: Ivy Estelle

Switch: Marian Beatrix

Change First: Delilah Elise

Change Middle: Marisol Cassandra

Switch: Trudy Cynthia

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July 10, 2017 07:01 PM
In Response to Love Like Lose Boys

Miles, Leo, Killian, Alexander, Robert, Mike, Kent, Flynn, Holden

Love: Kent (I think I've always had a soft spot for this name because Kent Brockman is my favorite character on the Simpsons.), Flynn (Although I wouldn't use it just because I love Tangled, I really love Tangled.), Alexander

Like: Killian, Robert (I like Robbie but Robert's a little dull, albeit something you can't go wrong with.), Miles.

Lose: Leo (time to sub. Admittedly, I've never really seen the appeal.), Mike (microphone, wouldn't use on it's own.), Holden (Not a catcher in the rye person. Atticus I think is a butt-ugly name and I hate the book but at least it's a noble character, but do you really want your kid to act like Holden Caulfield? I mean, more than everyone does when they're 13? Phonies.)

New List: Kent, Flynn, Alexander, Killian, Robert, Miles, Eric, Lester, Chuck

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July 9, 2017 06:57 PM

Say: Aww, that's my cat's name!

Think: I obvoiusly have a soft spot for the name, but I hope they didn't name her after the character in Orange is the New Black. It's the same problem as all the little girls named Arya - by the time they're old enough to watch the show they were named after the show's going to be long off the air and culturally irrelevant. I mean, if we'd gotten our Piper after the Orange is the New Black started, we wouldn't have picked the name.

New name: Yvonne (g)